Thursday, February 05, 2015

two under two must-haves

Now that I am almost three months into becoming a momma of two under two I figured it was time to share some of my must-haves! These are the top ten items that have been life savers for me. Some of these items have been carried over from when Gabriel was younger and work just as well for any new momma. When it comes to baby items I am a very practical shopper. I like to buy items that will last even if the initial investment is a bit more expensive. And that means anything that has eased my days of running around and helped me stay active during the freezing winter months. I hope this short list helps any of you that have been on the fence of what to buy for your second little one on the way. Or any first time momma who need ideas for their registry. I can honestly say that each and every one of these items have been essential and truly make it easier for me to handle my day to day tasks!

two under two must-haves

1. Arm's Reach Original Co-Sleeper Natural
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This co-sleeper is in one word, amazing. It attaches to the side of our bed and has a side that is at the level of our mattress. It's super easy to breastfeed and keep Cristian close at night. It's really the only reason why I can function during the day! It also turns into a play yard once your little grows out of the co-sleeper.


2. JJ Cole Original Infant Bundleme, Pink, Infant
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We love this car seat cover! It was a gift and I am so thankful for it. Since we live in one of the most coldest states it's necessary to have a cover for our car seats. This is so cozy and easy to remove to wash. It keeps Cristian warm especially when I am taking him out of the car in the freezing wind.

3. Amazon.com: Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Glass, 15 oz: Health &...
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Oh coconut oil..need I say more?! I use it as a lotion, hair care, nursing care and recently as a cradle cap treatment. I might have to write a separate post on all its uses!

4. aden anais Muslin Stroller Blanket
amazon.com
We never swaddled the boys because they are half-ninja but I love how lightweight these are and I use them instead as nursing covers.

5. Exercise Stability Ball For Yoga Balance Fitness Pilates Workout...
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You guys know I swear by my birthing ball before during and after pregnancy! Here's another trick I use it for, when Cristian is fussy I bounce on the ball with him on my shoulder. He falls asleep every time! Just remember to bounce gently and tighten your abs- you'll get a work-out in!

6. Graco Duo 2-in-1 Swing
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We received this as a gift at Gabriel's shower and of course Gabriel was not a fan. However, Cristian does not mind it at all. I don't like him swinging in here for more than 15 minutes but I love that it has music. It also has a removable bouncy seat and that is so helpful when he's awake while Gabriel is asleep and I need a quick shower. I just bring him into the bathroom with me and he is content sitting there a few minutes while I get ready!

7. Medela Breast Pump
 If you're looking for a breast pump that does its job and works well after using it for over a year buy this one! Also, check with your insurance because most cover breasts pumps now! 
 8. Philips AVENT BPA Free 0 3 Months Soothie Pacifier 2 Pack Blue Avent
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Gabriel never took a pacifier but Cristian does and  he loves this one. I'm not exactly sure why but he refuses any other one!

9. Organic Baby Carrier
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Those of you that follow me on Instagram know that I post quite a bit of pics of us baby wearing. The reasons that I choose to baby wear are simple; I love to keep the boys close and it helps my day to day tasks flow more easily when Cristian needs to be held. Especially when I am doing laundry and need to walk across our apartment building. The ergo is so lightweight and easy to use. I love that I don't have to spend too much time wrapping since I have to keep an eye on Gabriel as well. It's also very versatile and you can back carry!

10, Amazon.com : Lifefactory Glass Baby Bottles 4 Pack Starter Kit (9 oz.
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These are both bottles and sippy cups! Although they are glass they are so sturdy. We have had Gabriel's set for almost two years and they have survived multiple throws off car seats, shopping carts and highchairs.
What are your must-haves? I'd love to know!
Abrazos, Keila

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